"Frank Hart Rich, Jr." is an American essayist, op-ed columnist and writer who has—most notably—held various positions within The New York Times from 1980 to 2011.

On March 1, 2011, it was announced that he would be leaving the Times to become an essayist and editor-at-large for New York (magazine)/New York magazine starting in June 2011.

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The religio-hucksterism surrounding the Schiavo case makes DeMille's Hollywood crusades look like amateur night. This circus is the latest and most egregious in a series of cultural shocks that have followed Election Day 2004, when a fateful exit poll question on 'moral values' ignited a take-no-prisoners political grab by moral zealots.

Blowhard and Snake-Oil Salesman.

This play is a searing inside account of what white racism does to its victims, ... and it floats on the same authentic artistry as the blues music it celebrates.

In between, he had done Pia Zadora's act in Vegas.

Anything But An Apologist for the Lefties and All of Their Causes.

Always on tap, night and day, weekdays and weekends, to laugh, to applaud, to love.

Falluja Floods the Superdome.

You know the cliche that politics is Hollywood for ugly people, ... Political conventions are sort of showmanship for people whose idea of great entertainment is the Gridiron. If you think the Gridiron is equal to Radio City Music Hall in its heyday, then you'll probably find the conventions somewhat entertaining.

[Nation editor Katrina van den Heuvel told me that the failure to adequately cover the Downing Street Memo] epitomizes the timidity, the cowardice of a media that has been manipulated, intimidated, bullied by an administration that has taken it to a high level. ... lapdog news media.